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Professor Layton and the Curious Village

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Overall 6
6.0

Not the best Layton game

Evan Henkel, Amazon
28 September 2014
  • Summary: This was the first Professor Layton game, and while it explains the origins of a few characters (Flora, most notably), I really only recommend that you play this if you're a big Layton fan and want to play all the games, or if this is the very first one you're playing. The gameplay is the trademark Layton mix of adventure game exploring and mystery solving with brainteasers, but it's not refined like it is in later games.
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Overall 5
5.0
Gameplay 5
5.0
Graphics 4
4.0
Sound 7
7.0

Not A Great Game

talaria21 , GameStop
31 May 2009
  • Summary: I was very disappointed in this game. I expected it to be such a wonderful game seeing how I've played it before on my friend's DS before I got mine, but it was absolutely terrible! The puzzles are really hard and all you do is walk around the town of St. Mystere doing puzzles. There is really no point to the game besides hard puzzles. And I don't like how every time you need a clue, you have to give up a coin just to get one.
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Overall 6
6.0

Rather mediocre

Modulin, Amazon
16 March 2009
  • Summary: Well, well, it stays behind its potential, this little game. At first, the evolving story seems magnificent, but then it declines into "Oh wait, another puzzle first". A creative way of packaging puzzles into a story, but the puzzles are often a little dull. Enjoy to pass time, like when you cannot sleep, but not to get excitement out of it. Importantly, though, here we have a game that needs brain and does not need violence to entertain. The decent character of Dr.
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Overall 6
6.0

Alas, Unbalanced

Miss Mausie, Amazon
10 December 2008
  • Summary: I love most of this game -- the story, the translation, the music and voice acting, the artwork, the fact that if you can read and hold the stylus, you can play it. If I love it, why do I only give it an overall 3 stars? Because the puzzles themselves are deeply unbalanced. The game has a difficulty-rating system (called picarats) which purports to tell you how hard the various puzzles are, ranging from 10/90 to 90/90.
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Overall 6
6.0

Story unfolds by itself.

Luke Keppler, Amazon
7 July 2008
  • Summary: Rather than a game, this is a collection of 135 basic puzzles and trivial puzzles that only sound hard. The puzzles are unlocked sequentially by clicking through the linear story. It is marketed as some kind of detective/mystery/adventure game, but it's not. The story actually just plays by itself, and you answer the puzzles. The trivial variety puzzle uses arbitrary wordplay or ambiguous definitions.
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Overall 6
6.0

A beautiful and yet such brain burning puzzle game. For the really clever folk.

footballgirl07, Dooyoo
8 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Released in 2008 by publisher and developer Level-5, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is the first in a trilogy of games. With an influx of the puzzle/work your brain games on the DS, this one took a different take on the genre. But could there strong narrative theme mixed with puzzles hit the spot? Story: We join Professor Layton and his child side kick, Luke, on a mission to unravel the mystery of the golden apple.
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Overall 6
6.0

An addition to DS that will leave many completely stuck and the rest a sense of pride

doomichelle, Dooyoo
17 December 2011
  • Excerpt: Platform : Nintendo DS Genre : Puzzler Rating : 7 upwards Take a trip into the village of St. Mystere and unravell the mysteries behind its inhabitants. Layton and his assistant Luke travel to the village at the request of one of its residents in search for the missing golden apple, what they find there is something more sinister. What have the villagers got to hide? Find out by solving the puzzles they have to offer and discover the secret that St Mystere has to hide.
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Overall 6
6.0

One for Spock

KMSB from, Sofa Cinema
5 May 2011
  • Excerpt: This is a really beautifully designed game, but am I glad I never bought it. It's going back after a weep-inducing three days because it's just too hard for me. I managed five puzzles, using six hints to solve them, and the idea that the difficulty level is at bambino level and will only get worse is too distressing for words. Fantastic for puzzle lovers, a terrible nightmare for anyone who isn't logical.
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Overall 6
6.0

One for Spock

KMSB from, Sofa Cinema
5 May 2011
  • Excerpt: This is a really beautifully designed game, but am I glad I never bought it. It's going back after a weep-inducing three days because it's just too hard for me. I managed five puzzles, using six hints to solve them, and the idea that the difficulty level is at bambino level and will only get worse is too distressing for words. Fantastic for puzzle lovers, a terrible nightmare for anyone who isn't logical.
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Overall 6
6.0

Well made but too short

aprilandthephantom, amazon.co.uk
7 August 2009
  • Summary: A lot of reviews say this game is too short. I would agree - the average person who doesn't spend all day playing on there DS will finish this in a weekend. Not worth buying for the price advertised on this website. There is not really anything else the game has to offer once the adventure and the bonus material (only an additional 15 puzzle I think) is complete, so long-term play is not available like it is on other games.
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